- Module code
- Module leader
- Matt Leonard
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 150 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 40 hours
- Teaching period
- February - June
The focus here is upon the scientific skills required on entry to the profession combined with an understanding of the wider impact of science upon archaeology and the way lab-based research is transforming our understanding.
- Geophysics and survey techniques. The principles of resistivity and magnetometry combined with their practical application in the field. The use of digital surveying equipment (including GPS) and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
- Conservation of finds. Physical and chemical treatments for a range of different artefacts and ‘ecofacts’ in the field and the conservation of at least one material.
- Environmental analysis. On-site sampling techniques. Identification, attribution and classification of finds including the use of recording conventions and appropriate technologies.
- The impact of new scientific techniques on archaeology. This looks at the theory and application of a range of 5-6 techniques. For indicative purposes these might be:
- Dating calibration techniques
- Bayesian statistics and radiocarbon
- Isotope studies
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Understand the mechanisms, versatility and field/ laboratory application of different archaeological surveying and analytical tools.
- To analyse field and/or laboratory survey/ analytical data and interpret the results in an appropriate way.
|Coursework||Data analysis exercise||50%|
|Coursework||A piece of extended writing or presentation on the impact of one scientific technique.||50%|
Students should be familiar with the content of the following:
- Barker, P. (1993). Techniques of Archaeological Excavation. 3rd Edition, Routledge.
- Grant, J., Gorin, S. and Fleming, N. (2008). The Archaeology Coursebook: An Introduction to Themes, Sites, Methods and Skills. 3rd Edition, Routledge.
- Greene, K. and Moore, T. (2010). Archaeology: an introduction. 6th Edition, Routledge.
- Renfrew, C. and Bahn P. (2008). Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice. 5th Edition, Thames and Hudson.
- Gater, J. and Gaffney, C.F. (2003). Revealing the Buried Past: geophysics for archaeologists. The History Press.
- Muskett, J. (1995). Site Surveying. 2nd Edition, Wiley-Blackwell.
- Orton, C. (2000). Sampling in Archaeology. Cambridge University Press.
- Wilkinson, K and Stevens, C. (2003). Environmental Archaeology: approaches, techniques and applications. Tempus Publishing.
- Current Archaeology: http://www.archaeology.co.uk/
- Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory: http://www.jstor.org/stable/i40041752